During this whole OJ Mayo/Reggie Bush scandal, I keep hearing people say that USC will be in big trouble if the NCAA can tag them with the dreaded "lack of institutional control' violation. However, 16 of Alabama's 19 varsity sports have just been charged with major violations, yet I have not heard anything about Alabama having a lack of institutional control. What gives? And exactly what has to happen for the NCAA to declare that a school does not have institutional control?
What constitutes a "lack of institutional control"?
I think the distribution of text books is less "major" than buying a player's parents a house.
Yeah, a house = $250,000+; books, not so much.
I know the USC violations are worse, but to me 2 sports does not sound like there is a problem with institutional control, it sounds like a problem with the football and basketball teams. On the other hand, when 16 of your school's 19 sports are getting in trouble, that sounds like a lack of institutional control.
Read about institutional control here:
I'm not saying that Alabama should be punished more severely than USC. I'm just wondering what has to happen for the NCAA to punish a school for a lack of institutional control as opposed to just punishing the individual sports.
I guess... buying a player's parents a house... ?
The issues at USC are major recruiting violations which affect the two major money generating sports in the country. Letting a player sell his textbook for money is against the rules, but really doesn't help Alabama become a better football team. Telling Reggie Bush that you'll buy his mom a house if he plays for your team, or telling OJ Mayo that you'll give me X thousand dollars if he comes to play for you makes a huge difference and creates a very uneven playing field.
One unofficial metric that the NCAA uses when giving out punishments is "how does this affect the fairness of competition" or more like "how pissed off would other schools be if this were true?" I bet Florida doesn't care too much that Bama players sold textbooks. However, Florida might be pissed that Bush chose USC over whoever else he was considering because USC offered a paycheck that the other schools did not.
the fact that 'Bama reported their violations to the NCAA may indicate a lack of lack of institutional control
From the NCAA report:
"In fact, because of [Alabama]'s extensive recent history of infractions cases, the committee strongly considered making a more serious finding of a lack of institutional control, rather than a failure to monitor. However, because the institution ultimately detected the violations and promptly reported them, the committee decided against making the more serious finding of lack of institutional control."
that everyone should be punished severely except Michigan and Central Michigan!
SMU,Kentucky BBall team during Eddie Sutton tenure,OU during the heyday of Coach Switzler...you will get a real understanding of the term...lack of institutional control.